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Best Local Island Maldives : Fuvahmulah Island

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Fuvahmulah Island

Fuvahmulah is an island and its own atoll, located in the South of the Maldives. The population is approximately 15,000 people and it is known as the only atoll to have one island.  Pronounced more like ‘formula’, it is a local island, not a resort island and therefore Maldivian laws and customs are more applicable here than in resort islands. As on all local islands, alcohol is prohibited and you cannot wear bikinis on the local beaches. However, Fuvahmulah locals are very relaxed and strict dress codes do not apply.  Fuvahmulah is not a well known tourist destination in the Maldives, although it is becoming increasingly popular for its dive sites and marine life.  

oceanic manta scsuba diving
Fuvahmulah – best local island in Maldives for scuba diving with oceanic manta rays

Fuvahmulah Dive Sites

Fuvahmulah is host to a huge range of marine life. In season, you can scuba dive with oceanic manta rays, thresher sharks, tiger sharks and whale sharks. It is also possible to see hammerhead sharks as well as other sharks like oceanic white tips and silver tips at different times of the year and depending how lucky you are. I feel we saw more megafauna in 3 days of diving than most people see in a lifetime.

Tiger Shark Diving Fuvahmulah

Tiger shark diving in Fuvahmulah is famous. It is the best dive site to go tiger shark diving in Maldives. The tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah have been around for a long time. They are used to feeding on the fish carcasses that the fishermen throw off the edge of the harbour at the end of their fishing day. Local dive centres and liveaboards now take advantage of this and feed fish heads to the tiger sharks just before entering the water.

Fuvahmulah Tiger Shark Dive

The ‘tiger zoo’ as the harbour dive site is nicknamed is not without its controversy. Some locals are angered at how this dive site now means that children cannot learn to swim in the safe area near the harbour as they had traditionally always done. Fuvahmulah has strong currents and big waves and other areas are not particularly safe to swim for beginners or young children.

Cheap diving in the Maldives with tiger sharks
Cheap diving in the Maldives with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah


Fuvahmulah Accommodation

Because it is not a well-developed tourist destination, Fuvahmulah hotels are limited although it is a growing industry. I thoroughly recommend this Fuvahmulah guesthouse that we stayed in. Calyx Grand Fuvahmulah is clean, spacious and the staff are very helful (click here to view Calyx Grand Fuvahmulah on Agoda). Ask your Fuvahmulah dive centre for a pick up as it is a short truck ride to the harbour.

Fuvahmulah Diving – Fuvahmulah Dive Centre

There is a well known dive centre called Fuvahmulah Dive School (FDS) who we considering going with as we had many good recommendations. However, we chose Fuvahmulah Tiger Dive as we booked through a local friend and got very cheap dives because of this. One thing I recommend is asking if the dive school gets big group bookings. Some of the diving can be with big groups of Chinese or Indian divers and you may be expected to join dives with one of these large groups. We travelled as a group of 6 divers and therefore requested our own dive guide which was perfect for us. 


Cost of Diving in Fuvahmulah

Fuvahmulah is one of the cheapest places for budget diving in the Maldives – which makes no sense because the diving is so incredible! Expect to pay upwards from $40 per dive depending on how many dives you are planning to do and if you have your own equipment. As usual with diving packages, the more dives you book, the cheaper the cost of diving.  It is also possible to book Maldives diving package deals, with flights, accommodation and diving all organised for you. However, it is cheaper to book flights, accommodation and diving separately. It is also cheap to dive and travel to Fuvahmulah if you have a Maldives work permit as there are big discounts available.

How to travel to Fuvahmulah from Male, Maldives

Fuvahmulah island is located in the deep South of the Maldives, so you can fly to Fuvahmulah from Male, the capital. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. At the time of writing, two airlines with a few flights a day fly from Male to Fuvahmulah. While the diving can be cheap, the flights aren’t always so compare different airlines to find a better rate, try Maldivian airline and Fly Me and Manta Air.


Best Dive Site in the Maldives

We spent most of our 8 dives on the same plateau, a dive site called Farikede, about 15 minutes from the harbour by dive boat. In terms of the marine life, it must be one of the best dive sites in the Maldives. We had approximately 30 oceanic manta ray sightings, 26 of which the amazing Manta Trust team managed to ID for us and we added 22 new mantas to their database. Read here for more about Manta Trust and the work they do. We also saw 3 whale sharks, one of whom was new to the Maldives Whaleshark Research Programme and we got to give her a name. On our last day we scuba dived with the biggest whale shark I have ever seen (approx 8-10m) and 2 thresher sharks.

The dive site depth ranges down to about 40m and we saw oceanic manta rays near the surface from the moment we jumped from the boat, all the way down to 40m.  The marine life here seemed extremely curious and mantas and whale sharks circled us multiple times, a true ocean encounter.


Diving in Fuvahmulah : Local Boat Dives

We scuba dived from a slow traditional boat, Maldivians call a ‘Dhoni’. The boat returned to the harbour after every dive so surface intervals are spent on land inbetween dives. A couple of times   Click here for my recommendations of what to take on a dive boat. 

Cheap diving in the Maldives with tiger sharks
Big fans of our dive boat


The best time to dive the Maldives – when to dive in Fuvahmulah

Diving is possible year round in Fuvahmulah. However, most people agree that diving between November and April is the best season for diving because of the chances of oceanic manta rays, whale sharks, thresher sharks and hammerheads. In rainy season, from June onwards the sea gets rough but the chance of hammerheads increases. The tiger shark dive is available year round.


Restaurants and Places to eat in Fuvahmulah

Real Breez restaurant is great because of the large balcony and good food. They serve great local food including vegetarian options and also the Indian cuisine. The cafe by the harbour is also good and it serves local food. I definitely recommend trying Kottu Roshi – a Maldivian twist on the traditional Sri Lankan dish. If you’re vegetarian make sure you say so and make it very clear that being vegetarian includes no meat and no fish as vegetarians are still a relatively new concept to the fish-heavy Maldivian diet. 

Maldives Local Island Travel Tip: Be prepared to wait a LONG time for food. This is not a resort island and we often had to wait over an hour (occasionally 2 hours!) for our food to appear. I recommend adapting to the slower pace of island life and also don’t wait until you are hungry to find a restaurant.


Things to Do in Fuvahmulah

  • Visit Fuvahmulah Thundi – a thundi is a Dhivehi word for the beach at the end of an island. The Fuvahmulah thundi is a large pebble beach on the island which includes a nearby restaurant
  • Visit the lakes – Fuvahmulah is an unusual island in the Maldives because it has freshwater lakes. You can visit and hire kayaks or pedalo boats to spend some time on one of the lakes as part of Fuvahmulah Nature Park.
  • Go to Addu – Addu also has some fantastic diving and it is accessible by boat from Fuvahmulah
  • Hot Spring with Mud Baths – Fuvahmulah has muddy hot springs where you can relax after a day of exciting scuba diving in the ocean

Maldives Liveaboard Diving

It is possible to dive on a liveaboard around Fuvahmulah. As I haven’t dived on a liveaboard I cannot comment on the experience. I will say that we loved being on the island and as the dive sites are all located near the shoreline, it was not necessary to pay for a luxury liveaboard when we could stay in a cheap guesthouse and do budget dives. 

Night Diving in the Maldives

Most Fuvahmulah dive centres do not offer night diving for safety reasons. The currents can be strong and I’d rather not meet a tiger shark at night time!

Have you visited Fuvahmulah yet? How was your experience? Where is the best diving in the Maldives for you?

For what to pack for a Maldives trip read my Maldives Packing List guide here

For what to take on a scuba diving holiday or dive boat trip read my Scuba Diving Packing List here

For more cheap diving in Maldives, read this scuba diving Maldives article here

 

Best Local Islands Maldives

Best Local Islands Maldives

There are many island contenders for best local island in the Maldives. There are 1125 islands across the Maldives and around 200 of these are inhabited and are divided into local islands and resort islands. The islands are grouped into atolls. Some of these are reachable by speedboat from Male Velana international airport and some of them require a second flight, either by expensive but awesome seaplanes or a domestic flight.

Photo of local island Thulusdhoo
Visit Thulusdhoo: One of the best local islands in Maldives – only 30 minutes from Male airport

Which Maldives island is the best?

There are so many amazing local islands in the Maldives that it can be hard to decide which Maldivian islands to visit. So far, I’ve spent my Maldives holidays on more than eight different local islands so here are my reviews for the best local islands in the Maldives.

Best local islands Maldives – Scuba Diving

Best local islands Maldives – Scuba Diving with Pelagics

There are so many great scuba diving spots in the Maldives but Fuvahmulah has to be the best island in Maldives for scuba diving. Fuvahmulah island has amazing pelagic ocean giants and you can see tiger sharks, whale sharks, oceanic mantas and thresher sharks. All of these ocean visitors make Fuvahmulah one of the best local islands for scuba diving. 

Fuvahmulah is a big island by Maldives standards, contains two freshwater lakes and requires a domestic flight from Male airport to get to Fuvahmulah. For my in depth guide to Fuvahmulah island read this article here.

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Fuvahmulah – best local island in Maldives for scuba diving with oceanic manta rays

Best local island in Maldives – Scuba Diving with Marine Life & Coral Reefs

Rasdhoo island is one of the best local islands to visit in the Maldives for scuba diving with a lot of marine life and pretty coral reefs. You can see reef mantas here as well as many different types of reef sharks and colourful coral making Rasdhoo one of the best Maldives island for diving. Read my full Guide to Rasdhoo island here.

Rasdhoo Island Views – best local islands Maldives

Best Island for Snorkeling Maldives

Maldives best island for snorkeling with manta rays

The best local island for snorkelling with manta rays will be to stay on a local island in Baa atoll such as Dharavandhoo. For everything you need to know about seeing manta rays in the Maldives, read my manta ray snorkelling blog post here.

underwater photo of snorkelling with a manta
Snorkel trips to see manta rays in the Maldives

Maldives best island for snorkeling with turtles

Thoddoo island is the best island to snorkel with turtles in the Maldives, just off of the bikini beach in Thoddoo. Eagle rays and tropical fish can also be seen. For my guide to Thoddoo island, read more here. 

Best local islands in Maldives for beautiful beaches

There are so many beautiful beaches in the Maldives that it is challenging to pick the best. Many Maldives beaches have soft white sand and clear turquoise water. One of the best local islands that stands out to me with its beautiful beaches is Gulhi island. Read my Gulhi island Guide here.

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The beautiful bikini beach in Gulhi – local island near Male

Thoddoo island has a bikini beach that is absolutely stunning with uninterrupted ocean views that will not disappoint its visitors. A bonus of Thoddoo island is having turtles that you can snorkel with just off the beach. Read my full Thoddoo Island Guide here.

Bikini Beach in Thoddoo
best local islands Maldives – Thoddoo Bikini Beach

Best Local Island in Maldives for surfing

Thulusdhoo is one of the most famous and best local islands in Maldives for surfing. The island is beautiful and has huge waves that are reef breaks. This island has many professional surfers come to stay and the size of the waves is usually recommended for more advanced surfers. As a beginner/intermediate surfer I found the size of the waves intimidating. Thulusdhoo also has one of the best rooftop infinity pools in the Maldives. Read my full Thulusdhoo island guide here. 

Maldives on the cheap Thulusdhoo Local Island Maldives
Best Rooftop Swimming Pool – best local islands Maldives

Best Local Islands in Maldives near Male Airport

If you don’t want another flight or a long speedboat ride, then stay on local islands near to Male in Kaafu atoll. The following islands are all the best local islands near Male airport:

Gulhi

Thulusdhoo

Guraidhoo

Maafushi

For more information about visiting the Maldives read the following articles:

Maldives Packing List

Maldives 101: Everything you need to know

Rasdhoo Island Maldives

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Rasdhoo Island Views

Looking for the best local island in the Maldives? Rasdhoo island is an amazing local island to stay on during your Maldives. It has some superb scuba diving, a lovely white sand beach, a range of restaurants and Rasdhoo accommodation to stay in.

Where is Rasdhoo Maldives?

Rasdhoo is located in its own atoll. 

How to get to Rasdhoo?

To get to Rasdhoo from Male airport you can take a speedboat for approximately 1.5 hours from Male or from Male airport. You can book your speedboat through your hotel or island accommodation as this is the easiest way to get up to date information about boat transfers.

It is possible to take a seaplane if flying to Kuramathi resort. Please note seaplanes are very expensive so if you are going to a local island a speedboat transfer is best.

Where to stay in Rasdhoo?

Rasdhoo Stay is a fantastic, budget hotel in the Maldives. The rooms are spacious, clean and well equipped with kettles and tea/coffee. The bathrooms are basic with good, hot water showers. In the garden there are also sunbeds and lots of greenery around and the staff are very helpful and accommodating. For example, I needed to change my Rasdhoo trip date last minute due to a speedboat cancellation because of the bad weather. The staff were very accommodating and did not charge me for the extra night, which I really appreciated. Compare prices for Rasdhoo Stay on Agoda here and Booking.com here.

Balcony Views from Rasdhoo Stay

Things to Do in Rasdhoo

Things to do in Rasdhoo – Drinks at a Rooftop

As a local island in the Maldives, Rasdhoo is a dry island and so there is no alcohol served there or bars available. There is a wonderful rooftop bar and restaurant with lovely beach views where I recommend having a sunset mocktail and enjoying the Indian food they offer at Club Gabbiano. 

Things to Do in Rasdhoo – Sunset drinks at Club Gabbiano

Things to do in Rasdhoo – Excursions from Rasdhoo Island Maldives

There are many day trip excursions available around Rasdhoo for snorkelling trips, dolphin spotting trips and island sandbanks. 

Things to do in Rasdhoo – Eat Local Maldivian Food in Rasdhoo

Bamboo Hut is a great restaurant for local Maldivian food. I thoroughly recommend their vegetarian friendly kottu roshi. 

Things to Do in Rasdhoo – Scuba Diving Rasdhoo

Scuba diving is my number one recommendation for things to do in Rasdhoo island. I thoroughly recommend Drop Dive Maldives as a great dive centre. If you aren’t a qualified scuba diver then I recommend taking a dive course to become a certified scuba diver like a PADI or SSI Open Water Course. This dive shop also still took me out on the boat even though I was the only scuba diver on a couple of occasions, which I really appreciated as I went in low season.

Things to Do in Rasdhoo – Water Sports

From banana boats to kite surfing, Rasdhoo has a water sports centre where you can try many different water activities depending on the time of year.

Things to Do in Rasdhoo – Beach Time

Rasdhoo has a lovely stretch of white sand beach where you can enjoy sunset every evening. The water is clear and turquoise and extremely beautiful

Rasdhoo Bikini Beach

There is a bikini beach in Rasdhoo. This means there is an area where you can wear bikinis and swimsuits and you do not need to cover up. It is recommended to cover up while you are walking around other areas of the island to be respectful.

Bikini Beach in Rasdhoo

Resort Islands near Rasdhoo

There is the resort island of Kuramathi which is next to Rasdhoo island so you could consider combining a vacation to Rasdhoo with staying on Kuramathi for a mix of Maldivian local islands and a resort island. For more information about the differences between local islands in the Maldives and resort islands in the Maldives read my article here. Look at rooms and reviews for Kuramathi Resort here on Agoda or Kuramathi Resort here on Agoda

When is the best time to visit Rasdhoo, Maldives?

The Maldives has monsoon season from May-October. This can mean heavy rain and big storms. I visited Rasdhoo in July and despite being monsoon season, I had nearly zero rain and many days of blue skies. It also means manta ray season in Baa atoll and a lot of marine life can be spotted during rainy season in the Maldives. For more about how to snorkel with manta rays in the Maldives then read this Maldives article.

Rasdhoo to Thoddoo

Thoddoo is a nearby island to Rasdhoo which I also recommend visiting for wonderful snorkelling with turtles right off the bikini beach which may be the best bikini beach in the Maldives. Read my full Thoddoo island review here

Want more information about travelling to the Maldives?

For my Maldives Packing list head to this article here

For my Maldivian island reviews check out the following best local islands in the Maldives:

Dhiffushi Local Island Maldives Review

Gulhi Local Island Maldives Guide

Maafushi Local Island Maldives Guide

Fuvamulah Local Island Maldives Guide

Thulusdhoo Local Island Maldives Guide

 

 

Visit Dhiffushi Island: Local Island Maldives

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Local Island Guide Maldives: Dhiffushi Island

Dhiffushi is probably one of the smallest local islands that I have visited in the Maldives so far. A walk, all around it, only took approximately 20 minutes. For such a tiny island it has some budget accommodation, boutique hotels and a white sand stretch of beach around most of the island. It is also the first local island that I have been to so far that had seagrass growing in the shallows which means good snorkelling and chance of green turtles who feed on seagrass.

Gorgeous stretches of sand all around the island

Cheap Maldives vacation: What to do in Maldives, Dhiffushi

Although Dhiffushi is a tiny island, it offered all the usual water activities that you would expect in the Maldives like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, banana boats, wakeboarding are just a few of the activities I saw both tourists and locals doing while I was there.

Snorkelling in Dhiffushi Island

While the visibility was not great during my snorkelling afternoon in Dhiffushi, the seagrass growing there, along with some patches of coral off of the bikini beach mean that there is a decent area for snorkelling.

The main bikini beach with seagrass for snorkelling

Marine Life Maldives: Dhiffushi Island

I saw a variety of reef fish while snorkelling and a couple of stingrays came close to the beach in the evening , right into the shallows. I also suspect that this is a good area to spot turtles because of the seagrass growing in the shallows of the beach. Because of the nearby resort (which is almost close enough to swim to) there is quite a lot of boat traffic.

Cheap Scuba Diving in the Maldives: Dhiffushi Island

I didn’t dive in Dhiffushi but I saw divers going for a shore dive which means that costs would be kept cheap by not paying for a speedboat. If you aren’t already a scuba diver and are interested in learning, then do your Open Water course with a local dive centre through PADI or SSI. 

Dhiffushi Island Accommodation: Where to stay in Dhiffushi

I loved the guesthouse that we stayed in, Infinity Dhiffushi (Agoda) or (Booking.com  Infinity Dhiffushi). The owner was really friendly, the rooms were clean and well equipped and we enjoyed the upstairs restaurant with sea views. Breakfast was included and was pancakes with maple syrup and apple slices with tea or coffee and an orange juice. I paid a work permit rate of approximately $50 per room per night which is great budget accommodation in the Maldives. They also arranged our boat transfer and let us extend by an extra day when we decided to stay longer. There was no problem for a Maldivian national to stay with a foreigner.

Bikini Beach in Dhiffushi

You can wear a bikini on the two bikini beaches in Dhiffushi. You can wear a bikini while on the beach, however it is not considered respectful to walk around in a bikini or bikini top so take a cover up. Our guesthouse said there was no need to cover shoulders and knees and shorts were fine to wear around the island. Men should also not walk around topless.

Drinking alcohol in the Maldives: Dhiffushi

Dhiffushi is a local island and therefore under Maldivian law you cannot drink or buy alcohol on this island. However, as it is not too far from Thulusdhoo island there is a floating bar next to this island which I am sure a speedboat would take you to for a small fee. Floating bars in the Maldives are actually liveaboard boats with licenses to sell alcohol so you can take a short speedboat to these safari boats to have a drink or enjoy a party boat evening. Drinks are not expensive, a rum and coke was approximately $5. I was recently told that one of Thulusdhoo’s floating bar boats is only open on Thursday so check with your guesthouse or places advertising trips.

Stroll around Dhiffushi island for sunset views and these cute swings

Dhiffushi Restaurants: Where to Eat

Cozy cafe near the harbour was great for local Maldivian food although it took some explaining to get a vegetarian meal there! Eventually I got a vegetable kottu roshi which I enjoyed. The Kettle also has a cute beach front to enjoy the sea view while eating and I enjoyed the food and fruit smoothies at the upstairs restaurant near the water sports.

Transport to Dhiffushi from Male

You can take the speedboat from Male or from the airport to Dhiffushi. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs 175 rufiya for work permit holders/Maldivian Nationals.

Speedboat Schedule for Dhiffushi to Male Ferry
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Dhiffushi Location

Dhiffushi is one of the local islands close to the airport and to Male. It is very easy to travel to islands in Kaafu Atoll (Male atoll) because Male has such good speedboat and ferry transport options. This means it is a cheap option because the speedboat isn’t too expensive.

More wings on local islands – Dhiffushi Island Wings

More Travel Advice for Visiting the Maldives on my Travel Blog:

For further information about staying on Maldives local islands, read my post of Maldives FAQs here

For the cheapest island to visit in the Maldives, check out Maafushi for cheap diving and water sports.

This is the quietest island in the Maldives where you can avoid the crowds, check out Gulhi island. It also has the best beach in the Maldives (that I’ve seen so far!) Thoddoo also has one of the best bikini beaches in the Maldives that is also full of turtles!

For the best budget scuba diving in the Maldives (and some of the top diving of my life) find out about Fuvahmulah island.

Planning a Maldives trip? Read my Maldives packing list here

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Best Activities to do in the Maldives

Many people’s idea of things to do in the Maldives involves lying on a beautiful white sand beach sipping cocktails. However, there are so manymore activities to do in the Maldives, especially if you loive an active holiday like I do. In the Maldives there are so many water activities and marine adventures to be had! Here is my list of the best activities to do in the Maldives followed by some favourite experiences of tourists visiting these paradise islands. 

  1. Snorkel with turtles (Thoddoo island is one of the best turtle spots
  2. Scuba dive with sharks (in Fuvahmulah island)
  3. Swim in crystal clear water (check out Gulhi island‘s top beach)
  4. Explore local islands
  5. Go wreck diving
  6. Freedive or snorkel with manta rays in Baa Atoll
  7. See wild dolphins on a dolphin cruise
  8. Go on a liveaboard boat
  9. Stay at a luxury resort (even if you’re on a budget)
  10. Visit a sandbank
  11. Eat local Maldivian food – kottu roshi is my favourite
  12. Go on a day excursion, usually includes several snorkelling trips and a sandbank visit
  13. Experience a resort spa
  14. Jet ski
  15. Kite surf
  16. See bioluminescence plankton lighting up – note this is very sporadic and unpredictable
  17. Kayak around islands
  18. Watch boduberu – a Maldivian drum and dance show
  19. Fly on a seaplane
  20. Have a drink on a party boat
  21. Snorkel with whale sharks
  22. Take photos with graffiti art
  23. Buy lacquerware souvenirs made in the traditional Maldivian way
  24. Go surfing (Thulusdhoo island has one of the best surfing spots in the Maldives)
  25. Go fishing (all fishing is done in a sustainable way in the Maldives)
  26. Stroll or cycle around the whole island
  27. Smoke sheisha on the beach
  28. Do Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  29.  Fly a drone and take amazing photos
  30. Try parasailing

Cal from Mar Pages loved his manta ray experience

Soneva Fushi is known to be one of the top barefoot luxe hotels in the Maldives. Situated on the mostly untouched and jungle-esque Kunfunadhoo island, it’s a locally owned hotel chain with a focus on exploring the uniqueness of the area – over any glitz and glam. After flying in the Maldivian seaplane, you’re welcomed to a world of luxury among the foliage. Water-based experiences are second-to-none at Soneva Fushi, as it’s based in the UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll, which is in close proximity to some of the country’s most epic dive sites. It also has one of the most popular manta areas, where you can jump in the water and swim with the soaring creatures in season. As Soneva has its own dive centre with freediving lessons, you’re almost guaranteed a perfect experience. Personally, it was sensational to be surrounded by these gentle giants who seemed to want to get closer and closer. I had to make sure not to stretch out my legs and arms to avoid touching them and really enjoyed seeing them dance around in the ocean. Even if you’re not a swimmer, there are tons of dry water-based activities at Soneva Fushi. The most extravagant is hopping aboard the Soneva in Aqua Luxury Chartered Yacht which includes a glass-bottomed spa bath. There are day experiences or even surfaris available to Goidhoo, one of the country’s most premium breaks.

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Suzanna from Meandering Wild loved Wreck Diving in Addu Atoll

When you think about diving in the Maldives, wreck diving is not the first thing to come to mind.  However, in Addu Atoll it is possible to dive on a fairly intact shipwreck.  In the Second World War, Addu Atoll was a secret British naval base. It is the most southerly of the Maldivian Atolls and is over 500 miles from Malé. The British Loyalty was an oil tanker that was hit by a torpedo in 1944 and spent the rest of the war in the atoll.  In 1946 when the British Navy withdrew they scuttled her (intentionally made holes to make her sink).  She sank on her starboard side into 33 metres of water just offshore inside Addu Atoll. 

The dive is gentle and if you are not qualified to dive to 33metres the port side is a beautiful coral garden at 16metres.  Dropping over the edge of the port side you can find the hole where the torpedo struck which allows you into the hold and engine rooms to explore.  It is also possible to find the stern section with the propeller still in place, covered in black coral and surrounded by elegant batfish.

To dive the British Loyalty you will need to book onto a dive boat.  The easiest to use is Aquaventure based out of Maradhoo.  They are not linked to a resort and can provide all the kit and training you need. 

For more about wreck diving in Addu read Suzanne’s post here

Wreck Diving in the Maldives
 

 

Claudia from My Adventures Across the World  loved her sandbank visit

One of the most unique things to do in the Maldives is visiting a sand bank. These can be found scattered in the archipelago, there are various of different dimensions, and they are nothing more than just a line of incredibly white sand surrounded by the clearest waters you can imagine. Close to the sand bank you will also find a coral reef, which is perfect for snorkeling.

In order to reach a sand bank you need to hire a boat – most islands (local or privately owned by luxury resorts) will be able to provide this service and a captain that knows where to find the closest sand bank.

As the sand is bright white and there is absolutely no shade, you will need to apply a lot of sun block and preferably wear a t-shirt for the duration of your stay. Most boats will provide umbrellas or other forms of shelter from the sun. Some boats are too big to be able to get directly on the sand bank, so you may have to walk in the water to make your way there.

Best activities to do in the Maldives
Visiting sandbanks

Best activities to do in the Maldives

 

Jacs from Flashpacking Family loved seeing turtles

Our family holiday to the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives is, hands down, one of the best holidays we’ve ever had. Not ones for sitting around on a beach all day, particularly our adventurous boys, we were slightly concerned about whether we would get bored, but as it turned out, those fears were completely unfounded.

On arrival, we were given a run-through of all the activities on offer and suddenly realised that we may not have enough time to do all of them. We decided that we absolutely had to go on a snorkelling trip and try some diving as the Maldives is one of the best destinations in the world to do this. If you have never been diving before, the Centara Grand offers dive courses ranging from introductory to full PADI courses. 

Thankfully, the resort had the best kids’ club which the kids loved going to, so we were able to take a few trips. Although the corals are mostly bleached, we saw so much marine life, but a turtle gliding by within a metre of us was a big tick on our bucket list.  They are the most graceful and ancient creatures and to have one swim by us of its own choice and in its own home, was mesmerising.

Best activities to do in the Maldives
Snorkelling with turtles in the Maldives

For more about the Maldives read my other blog posts to discover more about this amazing country!

To explore local islands

For a suggested Maldives itinerary

For a Maldives packing list on what to wear and bring to the Maldives

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